Richmond-San Rafael Forward

Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Forward implements a suite of strategies to address congestion and improve options for traveling in the RSR Bridge corridor.

Karl Nielsen

Changes are afoot on the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Improvements include infrastructure changes and programs to support crossing the bridge by bicycle.

RSR Open Road Tolling and I-580 Westbound HOV Lane

The RSR open road tolling and I-580 westbound HOV lane provide safety and operational improvements on westbound I-580 approaching the RSR Bridge by:

  • Converting one of the three existing general-purpose lanes to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, beginning at the I-580 / Regatta Avenue Interchange
  • Replacing the existing tolling structure with overhead toll gantries east of the existing toll booths

Staff Contact

Ingrid Supit, Project Manager
Email: isupit@bayareametro.gov

Richmond-San Rafael E-Bike Commute Program

MTC’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge E-Bike Commute Program promotes the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) for commuting across the RSR Bridge on the bicycle/pedestrian path.

E-bikes offer many benefits that make bicycle commutes possible. For example, e-bikes can help riders go farther with less effort, even up hills and in windy conditions. Bike riders also save money on tolls, gas and parking.

Through this program, MTC provides discounts on e-bike purchases to residents living and working in Richmond, San Rafael and other nearby communities where bike commutes across the RSR Bridge are viable. The program also offers incentives to riders for bike commute trips using the RSR Bridge path.

RSR E-Bike Commute Program - Applications are Open 

Visit RSRBikeCommute.org to learn how to apply for the program, and ways to earn additional rewards for riding e-bikes over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The program is eligible to people who:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Live and work or go to school on opposite sides of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
  • Have a qualifying income at or below 400% of the Federal poverty level

If you do not meet the above requirements, we encourage you to complete the Participant Interest Form, since program requirements may change in the future.

RSR E-Bike Program Contacts

Michelle Go, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6649
Email: mgo@bayareametro.gov

Phone: (415) 778-5314
Email: help@rsrebikecommute.org

RSR Rides

RSR Rides supports local community organizations and bicycle retailers who lead group bike and e-bike rides on the RSR Bridge during peak periods.

All rides begin from within a quarter mile of a high-frequency transit stop (such as a BART station). Rides include bike education and safety, and offer opportunities to try riding e-bikes.

RSR Rides Staff Contact

Lily Brown, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6721
Email: lbrown@bayareametro.gov

Upcoming RSR Rides Events

Friday, May 26, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.

  • Ride partner: Bike East Bay
  • Ride start location: Richmond BART west side plaza. Meet at 7 a.m. Ride out at 7:30 a.m.
  • Transit accessibility: This ride starts at the Richmond BART station. Use the BART trip planner to make sure you'll arrive ahead of the ride start.
  • End time and location: This MTC-sponsored ride will arrive at Pickleweed Park at approximately 9 a.m. (12 mile route). After a 1-hour break in Pickleweed Park for snacks, Bike East Bay will lead riders back along the same route to the Richmond BART station, ending by 11:30 a.m.
  • Link to the ride page: BikeEastBay.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: RSR Bridge Ride with Bike East Bay 5/26/2023
  • Contact info: Phil Whitfield (email: phil@bikeeastbay.org, phone: 903-315-7060)
  • Other important ride information: This ride is focused on familiarizing e-bike riders with the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge path. A limited number of loaner e-bikes and helmets will be available to reserve, courtesy of RAD Power Bikes. Alternately, participants can bring their own working bicycle and helmet. Pre-registrations are required, either online or by phone. A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info. Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Ride partner: Rich City Rides

Ride details: Coming soon

Saturday, June 18, 2023

Ride partner: Rich City Rides

Ride details: Coming soon

Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 9 a.m.

  • Ride partner: Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Ride start location: SMART Larkspur station parking lot
  • Transit accessibility: This ride starts from the parking lot at the SMART Larkspur station. If you are planning to arrive by transit/SMART, a southbound train is scheduled to arrive at Larkspur Station at 8:55 a.m.
  • End time and location: This ride will officially end at the parking lot at the SMART Larkspur station at approximately 12 p.m. (21.6 mile route). The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) ride leaders will stop for lunch at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur.  Ride participants who want to accompany the MCBC leaders are invited to do so (not as part of this official MTC event).
  • Link to the ride page: MarinBike.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: RSR Bridge Ride with MCBC 6/24/23
  • Contact info: Matt Farber (Email: matt@marinbike.org, Phone: 954-328-1318)
  • Other important ride information: Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registrations are recommended, but not required. A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info.  For people driving to the start, you can park at the Larkspur Ferry parking lot for free on weekends. Parking is also available at the SMART Larkspur station for $2/day (follow this Google Maps pin to the lot above the ferry parking).

RSR Rides Partners include:

  • Bike East Bay
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Rich City Rides